An old floppy disk factory has turned into a hydroponic lettuce center. We are located in Japan in the locality of Yokosuka where until a couple of decades ago there was a Toshiba factory for the production of floppy disks. Other similar experiments are underway in Dubai and Singapore.
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A old floppy disk factory has turned into a center for hydroponic cultivation of lettuce. We are in Japan in the locality of Yokosuka where until a couple of decades ago there was a Toshiba factory for the production of floppy disks. Other similar experiments are underway a Dubai e Singapore.
Technologies are advancing quickly and floppy disks are no longer in use. Hence the idea of giving a new face to an abandoned plant and transforming it into a center for hydroponic cultivation, aimed above all at lettuce, spinach and salads.
The factory had been closed since the early XNUMXs and had been abandoned for a few decades before reaching this interesting turning point. Lettuce and other leafy vegetables are not grown in the soil but on a special formulation based on plant-specific nutrients, as required by thehydroponic agriculture.
It is an example of the possibility of continue to cultivate by recovering abandoned spaces now that agricultural lands are increasingly exposed to soil consumption and tend to disappear, covered with concrete, or no longer fertile and suitable for cultivation.
This type of cultivation would also save water, since the salads produced in the Japanese factory are so clean that they do not need to be washed. Cultivation takes place in large clean rooms where temperature, lighting and air pressure are constantly monitored.
The grow rooms are free of bacteria and dust. The crops are practically sterile, which increases their shelf life in the supermarket. There are no parasites or insects that can attack the plants, therefore no pesticides are used.
The first harvest for sale took place in November 2014 and now salad and vegetable production continues. The first salads reached both the company canteens of Toshiba that some Japanese department stores.
Vegetables, salads, lettuce and herbs will continue to be produced thanks to hydroponic cultivation and are expected to soon reach Japanese supermarkets. Further similar experiments, on behalf of other large companies, such as Sony e Panasonic, are being tested in Dubai and Singapore. Will hydroponic cultivation help feed the world?
Photo source: theguardian.com
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